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Kuching, as a mostly Muslim city, has a fairly laid-back night scene. However, as the city is attempting to draw more tourists, there are a good number of bars and clubs opening up for foreigners. Some of the best places to hang out during the evenings are Warriors Monument Park and the Kuching Waterfront, both of which are brightly lit and filled with people—including families—strolling about.
Much of the nightlife is in or near the major hotelsThe Holiday Inn and the Hilton have Dyak Tribal Dance Evenings, which are live shows of native people putting on entertaining cultural performances. There are sometimes local bands or international musicians playing here as well. There is no cover charge, but drinks and food can be a bit pricey. Cat City, located just across from the Hilton, is open from 4:30pm everyday and has happy hour until 9:30. There is a karaoke lounge, a music bar with live bands, and an open-air balcony.Across the road down towards the banking area or Permata Seafood Center, check out Picadilly Pub. Recently renovated, Picadilly or also known as St Pica by the locals, are the latest place to hang out for beer lovers, foodball fanatics & a place where you want to check out the local happenings. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere are just cozy and superb.
For jazz lovers, Soho (64 Jalan Padungan) is a good place to hang out. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed, and the club has an outside patio where you can enjoy the cool evening breezes while listening to good music. Nearby is Grappa, which caters to a younger crowd and plays R&B and 80’s music.Mostly, though, locals like spending the evenings in restaurants with friends or family, and there are always plenty of eateries open for dinner until midnight or so. Shopping centers close around 9:30pm, so any evening shopping you want to do should probably come before dinner.